Oct 01, 2008

OTREC staff, PSUís research and sponsored projects (pre-award), and researching accounting (post-award) staff traveled to Corvallis on October 1, 2008 to meet with our institutional partners at Oregon State University. Faculty members spoke about the progress of their research and education projects. OSU administrators provided additional suggestions for streamlining our processes. OSUís staff received presentations and updates from OTREC’s Program Manager Hau Hagedorn, Director Robert Bertini and Tina Frost finished with a review of the master subcontract. Thank you to our OSU colleagues for hosting this productive meeting!

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Sep 24, 2008

OTREC staff, accompanied by PSUís research and sponsored projects (pre-award) and research accounting (post-award) staff, traveled to Eugene on September 24, 2008 for a productive meeting with our institutional partners at the University of Oregon. Key UO faculty members provided updates on their research and education projects, and UO departmental and campus-wide administrators provided feedback on the past three RFP rounds and suggestions for further streamlining our processes. Research Program Manager Hau Hagedorn provided the group with information regarding project status updates. Director Robert Bertini reviewed some of the lessons we at OTREC have learned over our past two years of operation as well as looking forward to some of our future plans. Tina Frost wrapped up the presentation by speaking about the master subcontract. We appreciated the opportunity to visit our UO colleagues!

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Jan 23, 2008

On January 24th, 2008, more than 100 professionals from regional public and private agencies attended a unique workshop at PSU aimed at sharing knowledge with future leaders in transportation. Guest speakers and panel members from TriMet, Metro, David Evans and Associates, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, and the City of Portland shared their passion for the Portland transit story with those who will be developing the transportation systems of tomorrow. They led sessions and participated in panel discussions about success factors from Portland, a city recognized nationally for its transportation system and ability to catalyze community participation and secure funding for successful transit projects. The speakers explored the connection between land use and transportation planning, shared the ìart of the dealî in building communities that work towards a common purpose, described how agency stakeholders can be brought together to prioritize transit needs, and discussed how to work with the FTA. Participants even heard a few stories from behind the scenes about strategies and plans that didnít turn out as expected, and what could be done differently in the next generation of transportation projects. A reception hosted by David Evans and Associates was held at the end of the day. This inaugural workshop was targeted to local planners and transportation professionals, but may be offered again to a more broad audience in 2010. Thank you to our co-sponsors: David Evans and...

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Nov 01, 2007

OTREC is pleased to announce the formation of its Board of Advisors, as outlined in the OTREC Strategic Plan. The Board consists of representatives from public agencies (including FHWA, FTA, ODOT, TriMet, Port, etc.), private industry and transportation-related interest groups. The role of the BOA is to help develop OTRECís foundation and provide guidance on OTRECís overall mission. The Board will help with long-range planning and direction, identify priority research topics, review annual report and goals, serve as a connection to key agency partners and provide statewide, multimodal, public/private perspectives on research, education and outreach. A complete list of members can be found here.

Aug 13, 2007

Allison Dane, staff member from Congressman Peter DeFazio’s office, who specializes in work with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, visited Portland State University in August for an update on transportation research conducted in the ITS Lab, at PSU and within the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC). PSU faculty, including Professors Bertini, Dusicka, Smith, Tufte and Maier discussed their ongoing research efforts. Prof. Higgins from OSU, and Betsy Boyd from UO, plus OTREC staff (Hau Hagedorn, Jenny Kincaid and Rie Anderson) also participated in the meeting.